Monday, 2 February 2009

Swindon, home of the great Fluck

Great story about Diana Dors in AN Wilson's Our Times. Her real name was Diana Mary Fluck, which was 'so obviously in danger of mispronunciation that she changed it...After she became famous, she agreed to open a church fete in her native town. The vicar of Swindon in desperation to avoid just such a mispronunciation, was guided by a malign misfortune to avoid the wrong obscenity. "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the very lovely Miss Diana Clunt"'.

Melinda Messenger and Billie Piper are also from Swindon, making it disproportionately productive of blonde pin-ups. So is Mark Lamarr - perhaps his 'fifties throwback' image is an unconscious homage to La Dors?


Jimmy said...

I promise to read it every day


Jackie said...

Interesting facts - can't wait for the next instalment - Jackie